Michael Griffin, of Mount Laurel, has taught at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem for 12 years, which is how long he has been with his partner, Vincent Giannetto. But Friday, the day Griffin applied for a marriage license, the school fired him, he said.

"I feel hurt, saddened, betrayed," the Holy Ghost alum wrote Friday on his Facebook page, "and except for this post, am at a loss for words."

Holy Ghost is a 475-student Catholic school for boys founded in 1897. Representatives of the school could not be reached for comment.

Griffin thanked people who have shown their support. "Even though I am no longer employed there, I wanted to share their mission and philosophy, because I feel like I have tried to make it my life's philosophy as best I can, even now," Griffin posted Saturday. "I am trying to move forward with a peaceful heart and wish nothing but the best to my colleagues and students who mean the world to me."

Michaelle Bond